Museum exhibition is the write stuff

REDLAND Museum members and visitors were treated to an informative afternoon recently when Emeritus Professor Bob Milns AM delivered a talk titled The Art of Writing - Our Debt to the Greeks and Romans.

Prof. Milns retired as University of Queensland (UQ) Professor of Classics and Ancient History in 2003, after 33 years at the university, during which time he developed the UQ antiquities museum into a teaching and research resource.

The museum, which is located at the university's St Lucia campus and now known as the RD Milns Antiquities Museum, was named after him in 2007.

The professor presented the talk as part of Redland Museum's Scribo Scriptus exhibition of writing, which comprises a vast range of antique and modern writing implements, writing desks, letters, documents, manuscripts, books and more.

Included among the displays is a 1716 copy of the King James Version of the Holy Bible, plus handwritten letters from World War II, post cards, newspaper pages, and handcrafted pens.

Prof Milns' talk complemented the exhibition with a discussion on the writings of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

The professor said he was "very impressed" with the Scribo Scriptus exhibition.

"It's very good," he said.

"It is imaginatively explained and has some beautiful objects.

"Redland Museum is a place I like to visit and they've done a damn good job with this exhibition."

Scribo Scriptus will run at Redland Museum until April 29.

The museum is located at 60 Smith Street, Cleveland; telephone 3286 3494; website

Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm; Saturday, 1pm to 4pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm; for public holiday opening times, contact the museum.

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